• About Kazoku Ju-Jitsu

  • Our style of Jikishin Ju-jitsu is a modern, practical martial art with ancient roots.

    Through training in Ju-jitsu, you can:

    • Learn practical self-defence techniques
    • Improve your fitness and flexibility
    • Develop confidence and mental discipline
    • Learn a fun new skill, enjoy yourself and make some new friends!

    We run classes for adults and children from the age of 5+ in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. No previous experience is required, and you do not have to be fit, strong or flexible!

    Find out more about our Clubs or check out our full Class Schedule.

  • Syllabus

    Kazoku students follow a grading syllabus that is highly comprehensive and designed with an excellent learning curve, leading the novice student up through each level, pushing them a little further at each stage. A new coloured belt is gained at each level. Grades concentrate on different aspects of the Ju-jitsu style. Find out more about the belt system and gradings.

    The syllabus however, does not contain everything we learn at Kazoku. Rather, it is a guide to a students progress. Much of our time in each lesson is spent learning other techniques, or practising using various exercises. Some students also wish to train towards competitions.

    The Jikishin Ju Jitsu syllabus covers these main areas:

    • Throws
    • Joint locks
    • Punches, kicks and strikes
    • Hold-downs and restraining techniques
    • Grappling on the ground (ground fighting)
    • Kata (pre-set series of moves)
    • Defence against single and multiple attackers
    • Defence against attacks with a bladed weapon or blunt instrument
    • Traditional Japanese/Okinawan weapons
    • Competition, in a variety of categories.

    Before taking their first Dan grade (Black Belt) students are expected to perform 5 basic weapons kata (sets of moves). Before taking their first Dan grading, students must attend at least 3 Ko Budo training courses, and take their level 5 assessment. 

    Open hand kata are also learned, some of which are within the syllabus, and others are learned separately.

    Competitions

    Training for competitions is a good way of really focusing concentration on the various aspects of Ju-jitsu.

    Competition classes include:

    • Random Attacks – demonstration of defences against a range of attacks, performed with a partner
    • Groundwork – fighting on the ground
    • Continuous Fighting – standing sparring, grappling for throws, and groundwork, all in one
    • Open Hand and Weapons Kata – performance of a kata in front of judges
    • Pairs Demo – A free demonstration of Ju-jitsu with a partner, choreographed and practised in advance
    • Team Demo – At World championships, clubs or countries may enter a team demonstration, showcasing the best of their Ju-jitsu. Performed to music, and possibly including props and costume, team demonstrations are usually the ultimate event of the competition.

    Many students enjoy entering competitions, and love the buzz of testing their skills in front of judges, or against an opponent. However, entering competitions is not compulsory, and some students prefer not to, although they may still enjoy going on courses and supporting the club team.